Cowboys linebacker hurt in paintball outing gone awry

Speaking of “never again”, that’s probably what second-year Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson is saying after he took a ball to the eye during a recent paintball expedition. The mishap has left Wilson sidelined him for the start of training camp.

“That’s real hard to grasp and figure those issues,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday, according to “I’m being trite when I say it because it’s a serious enough issue to keep him off the field for a couple of weeks.”

Poor Wilson started camp on the NFI list and the team hopes to get him back in about 10 days. Next time he should just come to the bar with me.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Chargers first-round draft pick, defensive end Joey Bosa, will not report with his teammates Friday as he remains unsigned, according to a source close to Bosa.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed that the main sticking point in stalled contract talks between the club and first-round pick, defensive end Joey Bosa, is how guaranteed bonuses are distributed.

A source close to Bosa said the No. 3 overall pick would like his bonuses all up front. The Chargers have offered to pay Bosa in two installments, with the heftier amount coming at the first payment.

One notable name missing from the Cowboys’ team charter to training camp in Southern California: linebacker Rolando McClain. It’s worth wondering if the suspended starter will join the team ever again.

Joe Flacco participated in his first full practice since tearing his ACL last season. He wasn’t thrilled with his accuracy, but just his presence on the field is great news for the Ravens.

Nelson hits PUP after tweaking non-ACL knee

Jordy Nelson’s much-anticipated return to the field will come later than expected.

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday from Packers camp that the Green Bay wideout recently tweaked his knee working out, which prompted the team to place him on the PUP list.

Thankfully for Nelson, though, the injury is to his left knee — not his surgically repaired right one — leaving the receiver to say: “It’s not the ACL. No one needs to freak out.”

Said Nelson: “I’m not going into details of stuff. You guys know I don’t like to talk about injuries. I’ve already had to give you more than what I wanted to, to be honest. But we’re all on the same page, we’re going to be back hopefully — not worried about it.”

Nelson went on to call the setback a mere “hiccup,” joking: “I hate the hiccups. They’re so annoying, aren’t they?”

He doesn’t appear alarmed, but any complication for the 31-year-old Nelson is enough to keep Packers fans up at night. Still, it’s actually encouraging that the pass-catcher’s latest issue has nothing to do with the ACL.

“Obviously I want to be out there and the more practices you have, the better,” Nelson said of missing reps with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “But it’s nothing we’re panicking about right now. As long as we’re on the same page mentally, it’ll carry over to the game.”

It’s not a sunny development for Nelson, but we fully expect him to be ready for the start of the season, which should help this once-explosive offense turn last year’s troubles into a memory.

Here are other injuries we’re tracking on Tuesday:

1. The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle Henry Anderson and tight end Darion Griswold on the PUP list. The Colts also moved safety Clayton Geathers to the non-football injury list.

2. Safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Justin Bethel, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Zack Wagenmann were placed on the PUP list, the Arizona Cardinals announced.

I’ll be off that list shortly… I got work to do…

Tom Brady reveals his favorite recipe from his $200 ‘cookbook’

“Bruce Smith was 100 percent football player,” Kelly said, per the Bills’ official web site. “He was one of those guys when people talk about being the best, ‘I want to be the best. I want to do this. I want to do that.’ Bruce Smith was all about wanting to be the best possible football player he could be. He wanted to be the best that ever played, and pretty much, as I look at it, even though he was a teammate of mine, I think he definitely is one of the best defensive ends ever to play the game.”

Smith, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with late Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson Jr. in 2009, finished his NFL career with 200 sacks — still the all-time record (171 with the Bills; 29 in Washington, where he played his final four seasons). He made 11 Pro Bowls, was selected as a First-Team All-Pro eight times (tied for the most among defensive ends in NFL history along with Reggie White), and twice won the AP Defensive Player of the Year.

Though Smith’s number has not yet been retired, no Buffalo player has worn it since he left the team in 1999. That streak will continue as long as the franchise is intact. It’s an incredibly well-deserved honor for one of the best defensive players in NFL history.

If you watched the Bengals’ playoff loss to the Steelers back in January, you probably noticed that there was some bad blood between the two teams. Or to be more accurate, there was a ton of bad blood between the two teams.

The Bengals will get a chance at revenge in September when they travel to Pittsburgh in Week 2. However, for some players that date is too far away. They want revenge now, which is why they’ve volunteered to help the other football team in their city: FC Cincinnati.

The United Soccer League team started playing this year and on Saturday, they’ll be playing host to a team from Pittsburgh.

Since every Bengals fan in Cincinnati seems to hate Pittsburgh, the soccer team decided to milk that theme: They invited Giovani Bernard, Vontaze Burfict, Jeremy Hill, Kevin Huber, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and Domata Peko to be honorary captains for the soccer game.

The Seahawks corner had a simple reason for picking Brady at the best starting QB: He has more Lombardi Trophies than any other current starting quarterback.

“Wasn’t Kobe [Bryant] the best player in the NBA with his five rings? Tom’s got four rings. He gets the nod because of that,” Sherman said.

Of course, if that’s the benchmark, then the second-best quarterback in the NFL is either Ben Roethlisberger or Eli Manning, who each have two Super Bowl rings (I’ll take Big Ben). Then you have Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco, who all have one ring (I’ll take Rodgers and Wilson before the other two).

After Brady retires, whenever that happens to be, that’s when the debate of best active starting quarterback will actually get interesting.

Russell Wilson on NC State departure: Coach told me to ‘give it up’

Russell Wilson’s transfer from NC State to Wisconsin came after coach Tom O’Brien chose to go with Mike Glennon over Wilson as the Wolfpack’s starting quarterback heading into the 2011 season. This we have known for years.