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Philadelphia Eagles' Jeremy Maclin could be out for the season

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice Saturday and could miss the season.

Maclin went down at the end of a non-contact drill and appeared to be in pain while he was on the ground for several minutes. He was helped onto the cart and needed assistance getting off it and going into the team's practice facility.

"Appreciate all the love and support twitter fam….sad day but I have setbacks my entire life. Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback!" he wrote on Twitter.

Maclin is headed into his fifth season with the Eagles. He led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and the former first-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders receiver suspended

Oakland Raiders receiver Andre Holmes has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Holmes will be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 30. He will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Holmes was claimed off waivers from New England in May. He played seven games for Dallas last season, catching two passes for 11 yards.

Browns' tackle hospitalized

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Ryan Miller was being treated at a hospital after being carted off the field during practice.

Miller, who is in his second season with Cleveland, was taken to the Cleveland Clinic by ambulance. A team spokesman said Miller was "awake, alert and has movement in all four extremities." The team hadn't released any other information about Miller's injury or illness.

Cleveland's players, wearing shoulder pads for the first time in training camp, were doing one-on-one drills inside the team's indoor facility when Miller wound up on the turf. It's not known if the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder was injured or collapsed.

Romo to sit?

Dallas Coach Jason Garrett was a little bewildered by getting grilled a week early over whether Tony Romo would play in the Cowboys' preseason opener.

Garrett dodged questions on the topic Saturday, a day after the team's flagship radio station quoted the coach as saying the Hall of Fame game against Miami next Sunday was "not going to be Tony's game."

Pressed several times by reporters, about all Garrett would say was the coaching staff hadn't decided the playing rotation.

"I don't want to get into the hypotheticals," Garrett said flatly when asked about the comments to the radio station. "We'll talk about how each of our 90 players will or will not play in those games next week."

The Cowboys have an extra preseason game, and Garrett suggested to the radio station that the starters were more likely to debut in the second game against Oakland.

Ravens' Pitta dislocates hip

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip in practice and is expected to remain sidelined through the Sept. 5 regular season opener.

The injury occurred when Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone vying for a pass from Joe Flacco. Pitta lay prone for several minutes before being carted off the field.

"Dennis has a dislocated hip. We'll have to take a look at that and see exactly what it is," Coach John Harbaugh said after practice. "It's a serious injury. He is going to be out for a while. He will not be in the Denver game and we'll just have to play it from there to see how long it goes."

The Super Bowl champions begin defense of their title on the road against the Broncos on Sept. 5.

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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is still recovering from a right calf strain, but said Saturday that he feels good and shouldn't be out of camp much longer. Foster, who rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for his third straight 1,200-yard season, was placed on the physically unable to perform list the night before the start of training camp.

The Buffalo Bills are preparing to open training camp without Jairus Byrd, and without any indication when the two-time Pro Bowl safety plans to report. The Bills retained Byrd's rights in March, when they designated him their franchise player by offering him a one-year, $6.9-million contract. Byrd has not accepted the offer, and is not required to attend training camp because he is unsigned.

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