Buccaneers even thinner at guard with Ali Marpet in a walking boot

For the entire offseason program and training camp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been without starting left guard J.R. Sweezy. They were without their starting right guard Ali Marpet on Wednesday.

Marpet had his right ankle in a walking boot and watched training camp practice on the sideline with Sweezy, who is still recovering from a back procedure. Marpet was not using crutches and was able to walk on his own.

Head coach Dirk Koetter declined to provide an update on his health status after practice.

Ali Marpet

Evan Smith, who is currently battling Joe Hawley for the starting center job, lined up at right guard Wednesday. Kevin Pamphile, a converted offensive tackle, has continued to line up at left guard, as he did all offseason. Smith had previously played guard in Green Bay, and given that this is a run-first team now missing not one but two guards, the Bucs’ decision as to who starts at center might be based on necessity and who has experience at guard.

On the bright side, rookie offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch is finally back practicing after suffering an ankle injury nearly a month ago. Koetter was more willing to talk about the fifth-round pick’s progress.

“He got a few reps today. This was his first day in a long time, so from going from being out as much as he has to playing in a game,” Koetter said, tempering expectations. He said that playing Friday, when the Buccaneers host Cleveland in their third preseason game, would be “a decision for the doctors.”

Strongside linebacker Daryl Smith missed his fifth consecutive practice. Last week in Jacksonville, Koetter said he was taking a “veteran’s day.” That day turned into two, and on Wednesday, it became five. The 34-year-old missed last weekend’s second preseason game. If he can’t go again this week, look for Josh Keyes or rookie Devante Bond to fill in.

Wide receiver Evan Spencer, who suffered a knee injury Saturday against the Jaguars, has not practiced this week. After practice, he did say he was “feeling better and just rehabbing it for now.”

Broncos general manager doesn’t worry about quarterback situation

The competition among Denver Broncos quarterback will be the most interesting league’s competition during the preseason.

Coach Gary Kubiak did not even appoint the starting quarterback of next preseason against the San Francisco 49ers.

Denver Broncos quarterback

In the case of Mark Sanchez started the first game, Trevor Siemian starting in the next game is a compelling choice. Kubiak represents simply: “Competition is very fierce.”

The team’s general manager John Elway confidences Kubiak will make the right decision. His confidence comes from the lineup which builds up around the quarterback.

“The good news is that we have enough good players around them,” Elway represents.” We can rush, we will not send them play and say, ‘You have to win the game.’ Do your job, make the right decisions and to ensure the team has a chance to win. It really is that we now all the requirements for the quarterback position.”

In the first preseason game, the Broncos top defense group looks exactly the same as last season, Broncos defeated the Chicago Bears with a clean sheet in the absence of two top cornerbacks.

In addition to the quarterback, offensive line, after the reconstruction, can have a stable performance before the regular season begins is the biggest problem. Broncos have proved that they can rely on the performance of backup quarterback to win. Elway believes this year will be so.

Colts owner: To ensure field problems won’t happen again

The NFL canceled the Hall of Fame game between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts due to poor field conditions.

Colts owner evaluated the decision to cancel the matchup.

Jim Irsay

“We’re disappointed that the field is not at a condition to be played today,” Irsay told reporters. “We’re going to thoroughly look at what occurred to make this not happen again. Earlier in the day, both the league and the Players Association looked at the field and viewed it playable and it was fine. Then there was some painting that occurred, which is a very unusual situation so we’re going to vet it through.”

“We’re disappointed, obviously, and we know a lot of people came out for the game so we’re going to make sure we take care of all the fans who paid to be here. It’s a very unusual situation. … At the same time, being in the league for almost half a century, I’ve seen some of these things occur before. It’s unusual and we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The fans of Packers and Colts went all out on the weekend of the Hall of Fame game but come a so disappointing Sunday. Although both two teams did not play the final match, Irsay said setback did not conceal Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

RB Adrian Peterson dealing with slight hamstring pull

The Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Saturday that running back Adrian Peterson strained his hamstring before the start of the training camp.

Zimmer expressed optimism about Peterson’s injury, assuring he will come back to the field very soon, though Peterson missed the team’s first two training.

Adrian Peterson

Peterson accepted the Vikings’ physical fitness tests on Friday, only one day later than the rest of the players, and worked on the side with the team’s athletic training staff for a second straight day Saturday.

On Saturday morning, Peterson said he would restore, and Zimmer said the light workload was a more cautious. “He can do things; he just can’t turn it all the way loose,” Zimmer said. “We’re just being careful.”

When the Vikings let Peterson devote to training, they will have an opportunity to look at Jerick McKinnon more carefully, who posted 444 yards on 73 touches last season.

“It’s good we get to see some of these young backs. But [Peterson will] be out here fairly soon, I think,” Zimmer said.

Dan Skuta was arrested, charged with battery

The Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was arrested and charged with misdemeanor first-degree battery for an incident in Orlando on June 19.

According to a police report obtained CBS 47 in Jacksonville, Skuta allegedly got physical after the rejection. The Orlando Police Department told that Skuta had alcohol on his breath and bloodshot eyes and pushed a woman’s face “with an open hand into a glass window” at around 2:30 a.m. Skuta.

Dan Skuta

Skuta, 30, who signed a five-year, $20.5 million deal with the Jaguars in March 2015, just finished up his first season in Jacksonville. Skuta started eight games in the NFL and had 40 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season with the Jaguars.

The altercation took place less than 72 hours after the Jaguars held their final minicamp of the offseason. The Jaguars have released a statement confirming their knowledge of Skuta’s situation, but offered no further comment about the circumstances of the arrest.

Skuta paid a $500 bond, has a July 20 court appearance, according to the Orange County (Florida) Clerk’s office.

Lions sign WR Andre Roberts

The Lions are leaving no stone unturned at wide receiver and they are clearly interested in continuing to add wide receiver help. The team signed former Redskins and Cardinals standout Andre Roberts to a one-year deal Monday and will bring in Anquan Boldin for a visit, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Andre Roberts

Andre Roberts was originally a third-round pick in 2010 by the Arizona Cardinals. His best Arizona season came in 2012, where he started 15 games and posted 64 receptions and 5 TDs. When the Cardinals brought back Anquan Boldin–who is also visiting Detroit today–Roberts’ role diminished. Drafting Michael Floyd in the first round signified Roberts just didn’t have a long-term future in Arizona, so he left for Washington.

Roberts will likely get a shot to contribute as a slot receiver and could also return kicks for the Lions.

The Lions are still trying to replenish a receiver corps that lost star Calvin Johnson to retirement in March and did not re-sign Lance Moore. The Lions signed Marvin Jones in free agency to go along with Golden Tate as their two likely starters, but depth beyond that has been an issue.

Johnson left a big void in Detroit’s passing game, so there are targets to be had for players like Roberts. While he isn’t a dynamic, game-changing player, he has the opportunity to carve out a solid role for himself in Detroit. If the Lions were to sign him, he would give Detroit some flexibility with Tate, who can play on both the outside and in the slot if necessary.