FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith exited practice early Wednesday night with a left knee injury that was to be further evaluated.
The team said an MRI was planned Thursday for the eight-time Pro Bowler.
CHICAGO BEARS (6-11)
New faces: GM Ryan Poles, coach Matt Eberflus, LB Joe Thomas, CB Kyler Gordon, S Jaquan Brisker, WR Velus Jones Jr., DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, DL Justin Jones, KR/PR Byron Pringle, QB Trevor Siemian, TE Ryan Griffin, LB Matthew Adams, CB Tavon Young, FB Khari Blasingame, LB Nicholas Morrow, C Lucas Patrick, TE James O’Shaughnessy, DB Dane Cruikshank, WR David Moore, WR N’Keal Harry, G Michael Schofield, OT Riley Reiff.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — It has been 17 years since the Jets and Giants got together for a practice — and cooler heads have finally prevailed.
The Jets will travel to the Giants' facility in East Rutherford on Thursday in advance of the teams' preseason finale Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions desperately needed an influx of talent after winning just three games in Dan Campbell's debut season.
The emotionally charged coach is convinced they took a big stride in the offseason, adding at least one key player on offense in free agency and drafting a potentially game-changing player on defense.
DETROIT LIONS (3-13-1)
New faces: DE Aidan Hutchinson, WR Jameson Williams, WR DJ Chark Jr., S DeShon Elliott, LBs Jarrad Davis.
Key losses: OLB Trey Flowers, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, DT Nick Williams.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears had enough big questions hanging over them, with new general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus now in charge and quarterback Justin Fields trying to build on a shaky rookie season.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — J.C. Jackson could be ready to play when the Los Angeles Chargers begin the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery Tuesday, coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (13-5)
New faces: Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, QB coach Tom Clements, WR Romeo Doubs, CB Keisean Nixon, P Pat O’Donnell, OLBs coach Jason Rebrovich, DL Jarran Reed, OT/OG Sean Rhyan, OL Zach Tom, LB Quay Walker, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Christian Watson, DL Devonte Wyatt.
NEW YORK GIANTS (4-13)
NEW FACES: GM Joe Schoen, coach Brian Daboll, first-round picks LB Kayvon Thibodeaux, OT Evan Neal, second-round pick WR Wan'Dale Robinson, third-round picks G Josh Ezeudu and CB Cor'Dale Flott, fourth-round pick TE Daniel Bellinger, C Jon Feliciano, G Mark Glowinski, G Max Garcia, QB Tyrod Taylor, RB Matt Breida, LB Jihad Ward, DL Jalyn Holmes and P Jamie Gillan.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-12)
New faces: QB Baker Mayfield, WR Rashad Higgins, RB D’Onta Foreman, C Bradley Bozeman, G Austin Corbett, LT Ickey Ekwonu, DT Matt Ioannidis, LBs Corey Littleton and Damien Wilson, S Xavier Woods and P Johnny Hekker.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Josh McDaniels points to three major influences on his life in football that got him to where he is today as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
McDaniels watched his father, Thom, for the good portion of a 40-year coaching career.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-7, Lost in wild-card round)
New faces: WR Marquise Brown, G Will Hernandez, TE Trey McBride, RB Darrel Williams, LB Nick Vigil.
Key losses: EDGE Chandler Jones, LB Jordan Hicks, RB Chase Edmonds, WR Christian Kirk, DL Jordan Phillips.
ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons linebacker Deion Jones came off the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday and was finally back at practice.
Now he must carve out a role for himself on defense.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals tried to make the most of their one practice against each other on Wednesday.
The teams held a joint practice ahead of Saturday night’s preseason game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Veteran wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned to practice on Wednesday, a little more than eight months after tearing his Achilles tendon in a game against Dallas in late December.
Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at age 4, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.
Griffin wrote for The Players Tribune that he intends to help others working with the NFL Legends Community.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whether it was in the huddle during the early days of the AFL or behind the microphone as the NFL grew into the behemoth it is today, Len Dawson carried himself with an unmistakable swagger and self-assurance that earned him the well-worn nickname “Lenny the Cool.”
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr. cherishes his class time with Reggie Wayne.
Pittman knows few players are fortunate enough to learn the art of route-running from someone whose career numbers — 1,070 receptions, 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns — rank among the league's best.
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have lost Rigoberto Sanchez with a season-ending torn Achilles tendon.
Colts officials confirmed the injury was suffered during Tuesday's practice and provided the diagnosis Wednesday.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As Kirk Cousins enters his fifth year with the Minnesota Vikings, he's working with his fifth different play-caller.
For a quarterback long at his best when his surroundings in both the facility and the pocket are stable, this carousel of offensive coordinators has not been ideal.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s the dawn of the Dennis Allen era for the New Orleans Saints.
A regime change, yes. But hardly a house cleaning.
The new head coach was hired from within and is surrounded by familiar faces on the coaching staff and the roster.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Tom Brady announced he was ending his brief retirement and returning to the NFL for a 23rd season, Leonard Fournette wasn’t caught off guard.
The Tampa Bay running back recalls having a conversation with the seven-time Super Bowl winner a few days after the team’s NFC divisional-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams last January — a defeat that ended the Buccaneers’ bid to repeat as champions.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have a new general manager and coach, questions about quarterback Daniel Jones' future, the hope Saquon Barkley will run wild again and a belief their unpredictable defense is going to be good.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will try to earn his elusive second Super Bowl berth without many of the guys who helped him earn MVP honors each of the last two seasons.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-10)
New faces: QB Drew Lock, LT Charles Cross, RT Abe Lucas, TE Noah Fant, WR Marquise Goodwin, DE Boye Mafe, OLB Uchenna Nwosu, C Austin Blythe, CB Coby Bryant, CB Justin Coleman, DL Shelby Harris, DL Quinton Jefferson, RB Ken Walker III.
CHARLOTTE, N.C, (AP) — Another year, another quarterback.
Now that the Carolina Panthers have settled on Baker Mayfield as their QB — their fourth different opening day starter in as many years — the big question becomes whether he's the guy who can break the franchise’s cycle of losing.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals won a bunch of games early last season and looked like one of the NFL's best teams. Then they lost a bunch, got embarrassed in the playoffs, and have spent a big chunk of the offseason trying to figure out what went wrong.
Bengals safety Jessie Bates said playing under the franchise tag this season will give him a chance to show NFL teams — including his current one — what he is worth.
The 25-year old Bates reported to training camp on Tuesday and signed a one-year contract for $12.9 million after staying away amid the contract dispute.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The defense looks dominant, the offensive line is anchored by the best left tackle in the game and the offense features several players with game-breaking ability.
All of the pieces are in place for the San Francisco 49ers to build on last season's run to the NFC title game as long as untested quarterback Trey Lance is up to the job.
SEATTLE (AP) — When the decision was made about the future direction of the Seattle Seahawks, the choice was to trust in Pete Carroll and the belief he can again turn his team into a championship contender.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Nick Sirianni wore T-shirts with Jalen Hurts’ face on the front and got fired up at an opposing coach when his franchise QB suffered a late hit in a meaningless preseason game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history in part because he's an excellent communicator and teacher who always seems to know what to say.
McVay is now the youngest coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl, and he's already presenting the challenges of the upcoming season to his Rams in clear, concise terms.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Going into his third season coaching Washington, Ron Rivera has drawn plenty of parallels between the same timeframe he had with Carolina, which resulted in a playoff appearance.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons hope they are a good match.
The Falcons needed a quarterback after cutting ties with the longtime face of the franchise, Matt Ryan.
Enter Mariota, who needed a place to jump-start a career that hasn't come close to meeting expectations since he was picked No.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott is without one of his top receivers and a starting tackle from last season as the star quarterback tries again to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a playoff breakthrough they've been seeking for more than 25 years.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-8)
NEW FACES: CB Charvarius Ward, DE Drake Jackson, DE Kerry Hyder, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, WR Danny Gray, OL Spence Burford, CB Samuel Womack, DL Kemoko Turay, DL Hassan Ridgeway, LB Oren Burks, S George Odum, TE Tyler Kroft.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (14-5)
New faces: Coach Todd Bowles (promoted from defensive coordinator); WR Julio Jones, WR Russell Gage, S Keanu Neal, S Logan Ryan, G Shaq Mason, DL Akiem Hicks, TE Kyle Rudolph, OLB Carl Nassib, OL Fred Johnson, DL Logan Hall, TE Cade Otton, G Luke Goedeke, RB Rachaad White, P Jake Camarda.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-10)
New faces: QB Marcus Mariota, WR Drake London, CB Casey Hayward, WR Bryan Edwards, RB Damien Williams, OLB Lorenzo Carter, LB Rashaan Evans, OG Elijah Wilkinson, P Bradley Pinion, OL Germain Ifedi, QB Desmond Ridder, RB Tyler Allgeier.
LOS ANGELES RAMS (16-5)
New faces: LB Bobby Wagner, WR Allen Robinson, CB Troy Hill, RG Logan Bruss, offensive coordinator Liam Coen, P Riley Dixon.
Key losses: LB Von Miller, LT Andrew Whitworth, CB Darious Williams, WR Robert Woods, RB Sony Michel, RG Austin Corbett, P Johnny Hekker, DT Sebastian Joseph-Day, LB Troy Reeder.
NEW ORLEANS (9-8)
New faces: WR Chris Olave, LT Trevor Penning, WR Jarvis Landry, DBs Marcus Maye and Tyrann Mathieu, CB Alontae Taylor.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kedon Slovis didn't transfer from USC to Pitt planning to sit on the bench.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi named Slovis the starting quarterback on Wednesday, ending a months-long competition with Nick Patti for the right to replace Kenny Pickett, who is working next door with the Pittsburgh Steelers after a remarkable final season with the Panthers last fall.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Christian Darrisaw walked off the Vikings practice field this week and immediately went to the weight room to ride an exercise bike.
For the big, second-year left tackle, it’s a tactic to help his cardio endurance and to recover from the day’s practice.
DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Poles knew pretty quickly he was interested in the path that led to his hiring as general manager of the Chicago Bears, while Dallas Cowboys personnel man Will McClay toiled in arena football before scouting beckoned.
Reaction to the death of Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster Len Dawson:
"With wife Linda at his side, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson.
Innovative offensive coach Don Coryell, who helped usher in the modern passing game to the NFL, was picked as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2023.
The former Chargers and Cardinals coach was announced Wednesday as the candidate from a group of 12 coaches and contributors.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-9)
New faces: HC Kevin O’Connell, DC Ed Donatell, OLB Za’Darius Smith, DT Harrison Phillips, LB Jordan Hicks, G Ed Ingram Jr., S Lewis Cine, CB Chandon Sullivan, CB Andrew Booth Jr., TE Johnny Mundt, G Jesse Davis, OL Chris Reed.
DALLAS COWBOYS (12-6)
New faces: OL Tyler Smith, DE Sam Williams, DE Dante Fowler, LB Anthony Barr, WR James Washington, WR Jalen Tolbert, TE Jake Ferguson, CB DaRon Bland.
Key losses: WR Amari Cooper, DE Randy Gregory, RT La'el Collins, LG Connor Williams, WR Cedrick Wilson, K Greg Zuerlein.
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (7-10)
New faces: QB Carson Wentz, OG Andrew Norwell, OG Trai Turner, rookie RB Brian Robinson Jr., rookie WR Jahan Dotson, rookie DL Phidarian Mathis, rookie QB Sam Howell, DE Efe Obada.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-9)
New faces: WR A.J. Brown, LB Haason Reddick, CB James Bradberry, DT Jordan Davis.