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Around NFL training camps: July 24

WESTBROOK, SHEPPARD REPORT TO EAGLES CAMP (9:20 p.m. ET)

Running back Brian Westbrook and cornerback Lito Sheppard reported to training camp amid speculation that one or both might hold out due to a contract dispute.

Westbrook has said he wants a new contract and recently fired agent Fletcher Smith and replaced him with Todd France. Westbrook's arrival was a bit of a surprise because he held out of camp for a week in 2005 and eventually received a five-year, $25 million extension that November. Now, he wants that deal redone.

"At the time I wasn't the top running back," Westbrook said. "I've improved since then, and now the quality of play is different, and that's why I'm seeking an adjustment in the contract."

Sheppard was expected at camp. After losing his starting spot at left cornerback this offseason to free agent Asante Samuel, Sheppard attended the Eagles' mandatory post-draft minicamp but skipped the voluntary workouts that followed.

TITANS HOPE HAYNESWORTH WILL BE ON TIME (9:16 p.m. ET)

Titans officials and the agent for All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth are talking, and coach Jeff Fisher says he's hopeful that their franchise player will sign his one-year tender in time to be on the field for the start of training camp.

The Titans reported voluntarily Thursday but the first mandatory meeting isn't until Friday morning. The first practice of training camp is Friday afternoon.

The team and Haynesworth failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract before the deadline July 15. Now his only option is signing the one-year tender paying him $7.25 million, but Haynesworth's agent has said they hope the Titans will agree to not slap the tackle with the franchise tag again in 2009.

"We have every intention and hope that we'll be able to get him in here tomorrow. Right now as it stands, he will be here eventually," Fisher said. "We're hoping sooner rather than later, but things, I think, are progressing as such we'll be able to have him in, and he'll be on the field as early as tomorrow."

ENGRAM IN SEAHAWKS CAMP (9:12 p.m. ET)

A Seahawks spokesman confirmed that Bobby Engram, Seattle's leading receiver last season coming off a career year, reported for a late-afternoon meeting.

After setting the Seahawks' season record with 94 catches in 2007, the 35-year-old Engram skipped two voluntary minicamps in the spring and dropped a letter on the desks of team president Tim Ruskell and coach Mike Holmgren stating he wants more than the final year and $1.7 million he has remaining on his deal.

The Seahawks have refused to re-negotiate with Engram. Yet Holmgren and the Seahawks expected Engram to report on time and be on the practice field for Friday's first drills, mainly because they could have fined him as much as $15,000 per day had he held out.

BEARS' WILLIAMS LEAVES PRACTICE (9:00 p.m. ET)

First-round draft pick Chris Williams left practice Thursday because of lower back stiffness.

"When I say there is some stiffness, I don't know exactly how much, but he couldn't practice," Bears coach Lovie Smith said of the offensive tackle. "The guys know there's a difference between pain and injury. It seems like his was more of an injury."

The Bears line was already shorthanded because Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz is on the physically unable to perform list with an Achilles strain.

"Hopefully it's not anything serious and we'll get him out here before long," Smith said of Williams.

BILLS AREN'T SURE IF PETERS WILL REPORT (7:15 p.m. ET)

The Buffalo Bills have had very little contact with Jason Peters in the past few months regarding his contract dispute, and aren't sure if the Pro Bowl left tackle will report for the start of training camp on Friday.

"To be very honest with you, it's truly been a roadmap of silence to date," chief operating officer Russ Brandon said Thursday, as Bills players began arriving at the team's training camp headquarters in suburban Rochester. "We expect Jason to be here to honor his commitment to the organization because we made a substantial commitment to him two years ago."

Brandon said he's not sure whether Peters will report or elect to continue holding out for a new deal after the player was fined $8,638 for missing the team's two mandatory minicamp practices last month. Peters risks an even heftier fine of more than $15,000 for each day he misses training camp.

Bills players have until midnight Thursday to report, with the team's first practice scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday.

PACKERS, POPPINGA AGREE TO DEAL, WORK ON DEAL WITH GRANT (6:42 p.m. ET)

The Green Bay Packers reached agreement on a contract extension for linebacker Brady Poppinga, general manager Ted Thompson said during Thursday's annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field.

Poppinga, who is expected to compete with free agent signee Brandon Chillar for the starting strong side linebacker spot during training camp, had one year left on his existing deal.

Thompson said the Packers continue to work on contracts for their unsigned draft picks and running back Ryan Grant, who is an exclusive rights free agent but is looking for a long-term deal after having a breakout season in 2007.

The Packers signed fourth-round pick Josh Sitton on Thursday and waived punter Ken DeBauche, linebacker Marcus Riley and cornerback Kyle Ward.

CHARGERS SIGN TOP PICK CASON (6:37 p.m. ET)

The San Diego Chargers have inked first-round pick Antoine Cason to a five-year deal, his agent Ron Slavin said.

The five-year contract is worth just over $12 million. The cornerback, picked 28th overall, will receive a signing bonus worth $6.3 million. The Arizona product is expected to be the Chargers' nickel cornerback.

"It's a big relief," Cason said. "Of course I was concerned but I had faith that it would get done. All I could do was work out and control the things I was able to control and that was that. I didn't worry about it too much because I knew it would get done, so I did the things I could control."

Cason will be in the Chargers' camp on time to start with San Diego's veteran players in their first day of practice Friday. Cason did miss three days of camp with his fellow rookies as the Chargers brought in their rookies Monday. -- Bill Williamson, ESPN.com & The Associated Press

BROWNS' TUCKER EYES RETURN (5:38 p.m. ET)

Offensive lineman Ryan Tucker said playing in an exhibition game is a reachable goal after undergoing surgery to repair a broken hip. Tucker, a former tackle who started the final eight games last season at right guard, suffered a "freak" injury during non-contact drills in May. He still isn't sure how he got hurt, and he spent a day walking around before he was diagnosed with a non-displaced hip fracture. While his teammates practice outdoors, the 33-year-old is inside working to get strength in his leg and backside.

He was asked if he would be ready for the Sept. 7 opener against Dallas.

"I'm going to say yes," said Tucker, making his first comments since having a plate inserted into his hip. "Hopefully it's sooner. I'm trying like crazy to get back out there. Not going to rush it, not going to get out there where I have another setback. I'll be back out there eventually."

EDWARDS TO START SEASON ON PUP LIST (5:02 p.m. ET)

Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards has aggravated a lingering back injury and will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Coach Brad Childress revealed the problem Thursday afternoon, but said the move was precautionary and referred to the condition as "a little twinge."

Edwards is slated to start at left end this season after switching spots to accommodate Jared Allen. He has been bothered by the injury since minicamp in early June, but he had been on track to be ready for the beginning of camp.

Childress said he believes the setback was caused by overworking.

LIONS LOCK IN ROOKIE TACKLE (4:50 p.m. ET)

First-round draft choice Gosder Cherilus signed a five-year contract with the Lions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-7, 319-pound Cherilus was drafted by Detroit as the 17th overall pick out of Boston College, where he set a record with 51 consecutive starts. He adds depth to the Lions' tackle position and will be competing for the starting spot on the right side throughout the upcoming preseason.

GLENN, TOP PICKS REMAIN UNSIGNED (2:49 p.m. ET)

Three more draft picks signed with the Cowboys on Thursday, leaving only veteran receiver Terry Glenn and the team's two first-round picks unsigned as they reported to California for training camp.

Glenn has refused to sign an injury waiver that would reduce his salary from $1.74 million to $500,000 if he hurt his right knee again and was unable to play. The 34-year-old receiver wasn't scheduled to be on the team's charter flight from Texas on Thursday.

The Cowboys also haven't come to terms with running back Felix Jones from Arkansas or cornerback Mike Jenkins from South Florida.

Second-round pick Martellus Bennett from Texas A&M was among those who signed Thursday. Also signing were fourth-round pick Tashard Choice, a running back from Georgia Tech, and sixth-round pick Erik Walden from Middle Tennessee State.

TOP PICK THOMAS HURT AT REDSKINS PRACTICE (12:12 p.m. ET)

Rookie receiver Devin Thomas will probably miss the team's first exhibition game after pulling his right hamstring in practice Thursday. Washington's top pick in this year's draft is expected to miss about two weeks of training camp. That timetable would keep Thomas out of the Aug. 3 Hall of Fame game against the Indianapolis Colts.

"We're going to see after two weeks how this thing looks. He may be ready in two weeks; it may be a few days later," Redskins coach Jim Zorn said. "We'll see how fast he can work himself into full speed."

Thomas was hurt while reaching over his head to catch a pass from quarterback Jason Campbell during 11-on-11 drills in the morning. Thomas was driven away on a cart, but he came out to watch Thursday's afternoon practice session.

Thomas was drafted in the second round, 34th overall, and signed a $4.83 million, four-year contract last week.

PATRIOTS, FIRST-ROUNDER MAYO AGREE TO DEAL (12:06 p.m. ET)

The Patriots signed first-round draft pick Jerod Mayo, bringing their last unsigned selection into the fold.

Mayo's deal was wrapped up in the morning. Coach Bill Belichick all-but confirmed that Mayo, a linebacker who was the 10th overall selection, was signed at his midday news briefing with reporters.

"It sounds like that's getting pretty close," Belichick said. "But until they're done, to me, they're not done." The deal was announced a few hours later.

Also, the Patriots signed defensive tackle Titus Adams and placed 12 players on the physically unable to perform list, including defensive backs Rodney Harrison and Ellis Hobbs, receiver Wes Welker and linebacker Mike Vrabel. Also on the PUP list is offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, who was in court Tuesday in upstate New York dealing with a misdemeanor charge of drug possession.

PACKERS EXTEND POPPINGA THROUGH 2012 (11:36 a.m. ET)

General manager Ted Thompson, under pressure to move Brett Favre in a trade, took care of one of the members of one of his first draft classes by reaching a four-year extension with linebacker Brady Poppinga through 2012.

Terms of the deal weren't available, but the contract, according to a source, compares with Kawika Mitchell's of the Bills. He was among the top-paid free agent linebackers this offseason.

The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Poppinga, a fourth-round choice in 2005, becomes the first Thompson draft choice to receive an extension. His agent, Michael Hoffman, had been working on the deal throughout the offseason. Poppinga's re-signing was considered a franchise priority; he would have been a free agent after this season.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

CHIEFS SIGN LIKELY STARTER AT LEFT TACKLE (11:22 a.m. ET)

The Kansas City Chiefs signed offensive tackle Branden Albert, the No. 15 overall draft pick and the second of their two first-round selections, to a five-year contract. Details were not immediately available.

The Chiefs and Albert's agent made significant progress late Wednesday and were able to finalize the deal Thursday morning. Albert, from Virginia, is expected to step in as the Chiefs' starting left tackle.

With Albert in the fold, Kansas City is concentrating on signing No. 5 overall pick Glenn Dorsey. The defensive tackle from LSU is the highest unsigned draft pick in the league. The Chiefs report to their River Falls, Wis., training camp Thursday and begin practice Friday.
-- Bill Williamson, ESPN.com

49ERS' FIRST-ROUND PICK AGREES TO DEAL (11:21 a.m. ET)

The 49ers reached a five-year contract agreement with first-round pick Kentwan Balmer.

The defensive lineman's deal is worth $11.5 million, with $6 million in guaranteed money.

Balmer, who played at North Carolina, was the 29th overall pick.

The 49ers hold their first team meeting Thursday afternoon and their first practice Friday.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.