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49ers will be shorthanded as camp gets going

The San Francisco 49ers will be well short of a full squad when they get on the practice field Thursday for the first time in training camp.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that four rookies were placed on the active/non-football injury list and five veterans will also not

The San Francisco 49ers will be well short of a full squad when they get on the practice field Thursday for the first time in training camp.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that four rookies were placed on the active/non-football injury list and five veterans will also not be available.

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, will either be placed on injured reserve with the chance of returning or on the physically unable to perform list. Fellow wide receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams, running back Kendall Hunter and linebacker Darius Fleming are all on the active/physically unable to perform list.

As far as rookies go, running back Marcus Lattimore, defensive linemen Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial and offensive tackle Luke Marquardt are on the NFI list.

Per the report, Hunter and Williams might not be far off from being cleared to return and Fleming also could be back in the relatively near future. Players can be returned from PUP or NFI at any point during camp.

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Giants safety Will Hill nets another 4-game suspension

New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for four games last October for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, claiming that he had tested positive for Adderall.

Now, Hill will sit out the first four games of the 2013 season after he was suspended for violating the league’s policy on substances

New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for four games last October for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, claiming that he had tested positive for Adderall.

Now, Hill will sit out the first four games of the 2013 season after he was suspended for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. Hill will be eligible to participate in all of training camp and preseason but will miss the first four games of the season – and will not be paid for the first four weeks.

Hill was undrafted following his college career at Florida and the New York Daily News reports there were “rumors of drug use.”

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Current, former Cowboys listed as possible witnesses for Brent trial

The Dallas County, Texas, district attorney’s office expects the case against former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent to go to trial beginning in September.

Asked about the possibility of a plea for Brent, who is accused of intoxication manslaughter in the death of former teammate Jerry Brown, assistant district attorney Heath Harris said,

The Dallas County, Texas, district attorney’s office expects the case against former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent to go to trial beginning in September.

Asked about the possibility of a plea for Brent, who is accused of intoxication manslaughter in the death of former teammate Jerry Brown, assistant district attorney Heath Harris said, “We’re ready to go to trial, to let the citizens of Dallas County decide how strict our intoxication laws are going to be,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The report also indicates six current or former Cowboys have been listed by prosecutors as potential witnesses to be called in the trial. Those are safeties Barry Church and Danny McCray and cornerback Orlando Scandrick and retired safety Gerald Sensabaugh, ex-cornerback Michael Jenkins and released fullback Lawrence Vickers.

Brent has twice tested positive for marijuana while he has been awaiting trial. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Missouri governor waiting to hear from Rams on stadium issue

Officials in Missouri are waiting to see what the next step is by the St. Louis Rams after plans to a $700 million renovation plan for the Edward Jones Dome was formally shot down by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.

The Rams will be able to opt out of their lease

Officials in Missouri are waiting to see what the next step is by the St. Louis Rams after plans to a $700 million renovation plan for the Edward Jones Dome was formally shot down by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.

The Rams will be able to opt out of their lease following the 2014 season but most expect owner Stan Kroenke to work to find a solution in St. Louis. Whether that means upgrades for the current stadium or potentially a new one, no one knows.

Gov. Jay Nixon said he is waiting for the team to take the first step, according to Tim Logan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“The ball’s in their court to say what they need for long-term stability,” Nixon said. “We look forward to hearing from them.”

Nixon said any talks between him and Kroenke would remain private but it appears that the governor could hold a key role in how this situation could be resolved in the future.

As we know with most stadium situations, they are delicate operations involving lots of moving parts and lots of power brokers. It’s going to take considerable time before something is accomplished here.

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Report: Cowboys expected to sign Demetress Bell

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to add veteran offensive tackle Demetress Bell to fill one of four open spots on the team’s 90-man roster.

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that Bell is expected to join the mix as a potential swing tackle. The team had been in talks with

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to add veteran offensive tackle Demetress Bell to fill one of four open spots on the team’s 90-man roster.

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that Bell is expected to join the mix as a potential swing tackle. The team had been in talks with him after the Philadelphia Eagles cut him in a cap move in February as it was uncertain how the Doug Free situation would play out.

Bell joined the Eagles last year after Jason Peters was lost to injury, signing a $35 million, five-year contract. He started only five games but has ample starting experience from his days with the Buffalo Bills. Bell can be a credible backup on both sides of the line.

Per Archer, the Cowboys are also expected to add quarterback Alex Tanney and wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei.

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