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Bengals' Green has internal bruising on knee

Titans' Johnson gives his all vs. cheetah

July 27, 2013 

CINCINNATI — An MRI found that Bengals All-Pro receiver A.J. Green has a bruised knee that will force him to miss several days of practice.

Green hurt his left knee near the end of Cincinnati's first practice of training camp on Thursday, overextending his left knee as he tried to make a sideline catch. Green said an MRI that found no structural damage.

At first, he feared that it was a significant injury. A trainer examined the knee, and Green got up and walked off the field.

"It was (frightening) for me," Green said on Friday. "I felt it, but everything felt intact. I got up and walked off, so it's fine."

Coach Marvin Lewis said Green suffered a bruise inside the knee.

Titans' Johnson vs. cheetah

Chris Johnson refuses to spoil the ending, so everyone will just have to tune in come November to see how he fared against a cheetah.

The Titans running back and Chicago receiver Devin Hester took part in the human versus animal race for a cable TV special.

While most people don't give Hester or Johnson much of chance against a cheetah, Johnson says he ran at full speed.

"It was a cheetah," Johnson said Friday with a laugh. "I had to."

Holmes still recovering

Santonio Holmes says he "can't answer" whether he will be able to return to the field for the New York Jets this season as he recovers from a serious foot injury.

Holmes says Friday on the first day of training camp practice that it's all up to how the foot feels. He has been doing "quite a bit of running," but most of it has been straight ahead with no cutting.

He injured his left foot in Week 4 of last season, and needed two surgeries.

$500,000 bail set for friend of Hernandez

Bail was set Friday at $500,000 cash for a so-called right-hand man of Aaron Hernandez who prosecutors say was with the former New England Patriots star on the night his friend was shot to death.

Ernest Wallace appeared in Attleboro District Court on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder in Odin Lloyd's killing. Defense attorney David Meier had sought bail of $10,000, arguing Wallace wasn't a flight risk and wanted to return to his family in Florida.

But Assistant District Attorney William McCauley asked for $1 million bail, saying Wallace was at risk of fleeing. He said Wallace had a long criminal history that included drug convictions and that he had used aliases and impersonated others.

Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. The two men were friends and Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

Tough day for Tebow

Tim Tebow had a rough day throwing the ball in his first training camp practice. But he caught a short toss during a screen-passing drill.

His future with the New England Patriots, if he has one, may depend on that kind of versatility rather than his questionable quarterbacking skills.

Coach Bill Belichick wouldn't commit Friday to using Tebow only at quarterback, where his throwing mechanics were faulty while with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow has the size to play tight end and H-back.

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