INDIANAPOLIS — Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is week-to-week with right medial ankle sprain, coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday.

Davis was seen walking out of the locker room with a cast on his right foot. He is coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances.

As for the line, they say they block the same regardless of the runner.

“It’s going to be about him getting in and learning the system and learning the way that other backs do it so it’s uniform across the board,” center Travis Frederick said. “For us, it doesn’t really change. There’s not a ton of back and forth there. But we’re excited to get him back. I think he can bring a lot to the team.”

Just as Elliott and the rest of the rookies have to earn the stars on their helmets, they also have to earn a spot in the new locker room at The Star. The rookies are in a side locker room, out of sight from the rest of the room.

Payton was asked if the team is making a conscious effort to limit expectations with Thomas, who has generated so much buzz this summer.

“No, I’ve got high expectations for him,” Payton quickly responded. “Listen, I think he’s gonna contribute early. I don’t follow fantasy football, but shoot, I’d try to have him. I think he’s gonna do well.”

Payton has tried to keep Thomas in check in one area — stressing that he would like to see a few less one-handed catches after Thomas has been swept up in the Odell Beckham Jr. “epidemic.”

But other than that, Payton and the Saints’ quarterbacks have raved about the second-round draft pick from Ohio State this summer. He has quickly earned their trust with his ability to make difficult catches and win in traffic.

“They are all going to play an equal amount,” Kubiak said. “I have to sit here and think about how much I’m going to play the starters, so that’ll have a lot to do with how I play them. I’m going to see how much I’m going to play our starters in the game. I’ll make that decision later in the week.”

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Williams did play in the Rio Olympics last week but fell to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the third round. During that match — one in which Williams double-faulted five times in one game late in the second set — she was visibly bothered by her shoulder. She and sister Venus also lost in the first round of doubles.

With her withdrawal, Williams is now in danger of losing her No. 1 ranking, which she has owned for 183 consecutive weeks, second all time to Steffi Graf’s record of 186.

If Rio silver medalist Angelique Kerber wins Cincinnati this week, she would unseat Williams atop the WTA Tour’s rankings. Earlier this season, Kerber won the Australian Open, her first major title, and at Wimbledon, she reached the final before running into Williams.

Assuming she is healthy enough to play, Williams will next appear at the US Open, where she has a chance to pass Graf’s Open era record of 23 Grand Slam titles.

Williams will be replaced in the Western & Southern draw by lucky loser Misaki Doi of Japan.

OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna will have knee surgery that puts his availability for the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants in jeopardy, according to multiple sources.

Hanna was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp with a bone bruise. He has sought multiple opinions and has opted for the surgery.

Because the Cowboys put Hanna on the active/PUP list when camp began, he is eligible to be placed on the reserve/PUP list when the final cuts are made. If the Cowboys opt for that route, he would miss the first six games of the season and be able to return Oct. 30 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Last week, McDaniel posted a Snapchat photo of the long TSA pre-check line at the airport in Atlanta. His agent, David Canter, saw the photo and asked McDaniel where he was flying to. He said he was headed to Seattle to visit some family and friends.

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This has to be the largest contract in the league for a long-snapper, I thought to myself upon seeing this news. Turns out, I was very wrong.

There are TWELVE long-snappers that make more on a per-year basis than McDermott is set to make on his new deal, per Spotrac. Who are they? John Denney of the Dolphins and Beau Brinkley of the Titans lead the way at $1.15 million, and they’re joined above $1 million by Morgan Cox of the Ravens, Garrison Sanborn of the Bills, L.P. Ladouceur of the Cowboys, J.J. Jansen of the Panthers, Zak DeOssie of the Giants, Jon Condo of the Raiders, Don Muhlbach of the Lions, Greg Warren of the Steelers, Jon Dorenbos of the Eagles, and Kyle Nelson of the 49ers.

Lance Moore is calling it a career.

The Atlanta Falcons on Monday announced that the veteran wide receiver is retiring from the NFL after more than a decade of action.

Moore, 33, played for three different teams over 10 seasons, but is best known for his eight productive campaigns with the New Orleans Saints, who saw the deep threat pile up 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns off 346 catches. His big-play chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees was at its peak during the 2012 campaign, when Moore ripped through defenses for 1,041 yards and six scores.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles won’t be doing any more live hitting during training camp. Coach Doug Pederson didn’t describe that as a change in plans. Rather, Pederson said, the team has just finished six days with a lot of contact and several injuries. “I just have to look at the overall health of the football team,” Pederson said. “It’s not about getting somebody hurt, but it’s about protecting the guys out here. They have been doing an excellent job.” — Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins

Receiver Jamison Crowder won’t play in Thursday’s game against Atlanta because of tightness in his hamstring. Crowder has been running at practice, and it’s not an issue the Redskins think will linger. It provides third-year Ryan Grant a chance to get good work Thursday; Grant has been a training camp all-star each of the past two summers, but his production in the regular season has been limited. With Crowder, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and first-round pick Josh Doctson on board, Grant needs to find a way to get on the field, so he can’t waste opportunities. — John Keim

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Both players are nearing the end of their careers, but they were very productive in 2015. Palmer had 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, although most people will probably remember him struggling in the playoffs. Fitzgerald had 109 catches, 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns. Palmer and Fitzgerald are big reasons the Cardinals are Super Bowl contenders this season. Depending on how the extensions are structured, it should create some cap space for the Cardinals, perhaps to lock up recently-acquired defensive end Chandler Jones to an extension. Jones will be a free agent after this season.

Cardinals fans might be concerned about Palmer and Fitzgerald slowing down soon. But they don’t need to worry about them suiting up with another team for the next couple seasons.

Denver Broncos

1 to 10 percent: Aqib Talib spent the first five years of his career wandering through Tampa before finally finding his way in New England. … Chris Harris Jr. is perpetually one of the 10 best corners in the league without ever threatening to be the best (at least thus far).

Demaryius Thomas had one of the quieter 100-catch seasons you’ll ever see last season, but he has now produced four seasons in a row with 90 or more catches and 1,300 or more receiving yards. (The two prior seasons involved Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.) Thomas has made it to three Pro Bowls in six years, but the concern is simply the sheer number of great receivers flooding the AFC. I don’t think this will be the case, but Thomas might only be the third-best wideout in his own division in 2016, and that wouldn’t even be a knock on his skills. Given the presence of Emmanuel Sanders on the opposite side of the field for another year, Thomas might not enjoy his real breakout season until 2017. 35 percent

Von Miller’s fascinating five-year career has included huge highs and troubling lows. We’re obviously on one of those highs right now, but we’re only two years removed from a season in which he was suspended for cheating a drug test and subsequently tore his ACL. On talent and performance alone, Miller’s on the path to the Hall of Fame. It just feels like there’s a little more risk here than there typically is with similarly productive superstars. 75 percent

DeMarcus Ware has been a first-team All-Pro four times, posted a 20-sack season and won NFC Defensive Player of the Year. His performance in last year’s playoffs was just icing on the cake. 98 percent

Could the Buffalo Bills be without their top two 2016 draft picks when the season opens?

Second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland went down during Friday’s practice with a non-contact knee injury while chasing down running back Reggie Bush.

The Bills are unsure of the extent of the injury, but coach Rex Ryan said he’s “very concerned,” per WKBW’s Joe Buscaglia. As of now the team doesn’t believe the injury involved ligament damage.

Ryan’s concern is foreboding. There will certainly be an update to come on Ragland’s status soon.

Rex added that Ragland’s injury “looked odd” because he wasn’t hit. “But sometimes those can be the worse ones,” he said, via ESPN.

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“Bottom line, without getting into it a lot, Stephen has absolute, tremendous influence on these decisions that are ultimately made in this organization and everything we do,” the elder Jones said. “It would be madness for two people to work as hard as [Stephen and coach Jason Garrett] do, not to … be influenced by what they are telling you.”

In the NFL, teams with legitimate franchise quarterbacks are always in the playoff conversation. Romo provides that for the Cowboys. But those teams that are perennial playoff contenders also have roster depth — it’s as close to insurance against injuries as you’re going to get.

That’s where Stephen comes in, and why the rest of the league has apparently taken notice.

The 2016 NFL Draft was one of the craziest drafts in recent memory, thanks to a tumble by Laremy Tunsil sparked by a video of him smoking marijuana using a gas-mask bong. (Say it out loud, seriously.)

It nearly got even crazier, with the Giants and Jets coming close to a Big Apple blockbuster trade in the middle of the first round.

According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, the Jets were eager to try and draft Tunsil and, when he started falling, rang up the Giants to make a move from No. 20 up to No. 10.

The Giants had just lost out on their top targets, Jack Conklin and Leonard Floyd (taken by the Titans and Bears, respectively, both who traded up to get them) and weren’t interested in Tunsil.

The Jets wanted Tunsil and were willing to spend on moving up. But not spend big. More from Myers:

The Jets offered just one pick, their second-rounder, to flip spots. It was easy to say no. If they had also offered their fourth, the Giants would have been tempted. The second-round choice was not enough to drop 10 spots.
According to the Jimmy Johnson Trade Value Chart, the difference between the two picks (Nos. 10 and 20) is 450 points. The Jets’ second-round pick, No. 51, is worth 390 points. So we’re not talking a massive difference here.

According to Myers, the Giants were worried Eli Apple, the next player on their board, wouldn’t be available at No. 20.

Many of these players have been done no favors by organizations and some have been dogged by injuries. Some might be ready to finally cash in on potential while facing the prospect of not having their fifth-year options executed. A few might just be late bloomers, which is not uncommon.

With that in mind, here are three players from that star-crossed 2013 first round who I believe we have yet to see the best from:

OL Jonathan Cooper, No. 7 overall, Patriots: It wasn’t happening for Cooper in Arizona. He wasn’t developing or really even playing — starting only 11 games in three years — so things looked bleak. But sometimes a change of scenery can work wonders and Bill Belichick, of all people, wanted Cooper for a reason. The Pats don’t get their hands on too many prospects drafted this high, and they’ve mostly been making due with try-hard guys on their offensive line.

This is a unique specimen in an area of particular import, and I generally don’t bet against the Pats. They parted with a pretty accomplished player in Chandler Jones to get Cooper, and if he can be a competent guard it would be a major step forward. With his fifth-year option not activated, he should have plenty of motivation to accelerate his progress.

CB D.J. Hayden, No. 12 overall, Raiders: He came in very raw, missing significant time in college because of a vein injury that nearly killed him. He’s continued to have bad luck as a pro and if some would call him a doomed pick, well, I wouldn’t entirely blame them. It’s been a struggle, but he’s overcome bigger problems.

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Thursday’s contract extension for Zimmer was another nod to the team’s newfound stability. Zimmer, like Bruce Arians, was ignored for too long in head coaching interviews because he may have been too honest. While Zimmer may not play the politics well, he has the full attention of his players. He has a knack for developing defenders, especially on the defensive line and secondary. They have an all-time great Adrian Peterson trying to squeeze out another season of greatness before his contract becomes an issue. The Vikings boast promising youth throughout their defense and look to take a Cardinals-like leap toward the upper echelon of NFL teams.

On Thursday’s Around the NFL Podcast, Marc Sessler took issue with everyone handing the NFC North to the Packers. The natural inclination is to wonder if Minnesota will take a step back after 11 wins last year, but there are plenty of reasons to believe they can be even better. They might have bought low on Zimmer.

Here’s what else we learned at training camp Thursday:

While Broncos VP John Elway says it’s an open competition for the team’s starting quarterback job, coach Gary Kubiak has sounded a different note publicly. He gave Mark Sanchez first team reps, with Trevor Siemian occasionally mixing in with the starters. Rookie Paxton Lynch was with the third team and showed “stage fright”, according to NFL Media’s James Palmer, in his first camp practice. Kubiak admitted Lynch’s head was spinning.

Don’t rule out a Tyrod Taylor extension in Buffalo just yet. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports that the two sides have been talking “frequently” and Taylor still has a chance for an extension before the season. It’s a tricky contract to figure out; the Bills would essentially be buying low.

One clear change to the Colts’ offense showed up at practice on Thursday. The base two-tight end offense appears to be gone, according to the Indianapolis Star, along with Coby Fleener. The team now appears to be working out of a base offense with three receivers on the field: T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Philip Dorsett. Moncrief and Dorsett are in prime position to make the leap.

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If given that “golden” opportunity as a rookie, expect Shepard to shine under New York’s bright lights, perhaps even generating some Offensive Rookie of the Year consideration if a few big plays on the big stage earn the Giants a return to the playoffs.

Other thoughts on the Giants’ 2016 draft class:

While Giants fans probably loved the selection of Shepard in the second round, there may have been some confusion as to general manager Jerry Reese’s pick of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple at No. 10 overall. After all, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played well in 2015 and the Giants handed Janoris Jenkins a five-year, $62.5 million deal in the offseason.

Apple checked in at No. 18 on my own personal Big Board, so I am not about to characterize the selection as a terrific value, but given how often teams line up in three-receiver sets in today’s NFL, one can’t bicker about the Giants’ eagerness to add a third standout corner. The buzz leading up to the draft was that NFL teams were higher on Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore than I was, with some claiming that he would ultimately prove the best cornerback from this class.

The 6-1, 199-pound Apple is long, physical and fast, projecting ideally outside in press coverage, which is where the 6-2, 193 pound Rodgers-Cromartie excels. The 5-10, 198 pound Jenkins is the logical candidate to move inside for nickel duties — a role in which he stood out during his time with the St. Louis Rams. The addition of Apple is essentially extending the aggressive bet Reese and Co. made in signing Jenkins and edge rusher Olivier Vernon in free agency. Giants fans who applauded those moves should also approve of the addition of Apple — once they appreciate how he fits.

While perhaps not the plug-and-play option that Apple and Shepard offer, former UCLA running back Paul Perkins is another intriguing selection for the Giants. His slashing running style complements what the club already has in the always-grinding (but rarely breaking away) Rashad Jennings and Vereen, a receiving specialist. Perkins was highly productive at UCLA, leading the Pac-12 in combined rushing yards the past two seasons, but scouts wondered if the Bruins’ spread offense and talented QBs inflated his numbers. Expect Perkins to contribute in 2016, but Shepard is the name for fantasy football enthusiasts to get excited about.

Kaepernick will need further clearance from the San Francisco 49ers’ medical staff when he reports for training camp before he can take the field.

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Broncos coaches have talked up the untested Siemian as having a “legitimate shot” to start, while general manager John Elway said in May that Lynch will be “ready quicker than a lot of people think.”

Still, it’s not surprising if Kubiak chooses to open the campaign with the only quarterback on his roster boasting genuine NFL experience. For all his on-field quirks, Sanchez has 72 regular-season starts and a 4-2 playoff record with two trips to the AFC title game. He’s also a confirmed turnover machine primed to lose any job he wins.

Williams, at least when talking Wednesday, disagreed, saying: “Personally, I’ve got a lot of faith in Mark and Trevor, as well as Paxton. But I feel like Mark can go out there and get the job done if he needed to.”

With the Broncos set to kick off their preseason on Aug. 11 against the Bears, the answers to these long-running — and, by now, oxygen-sucking — questions will come soon enough.

Are we inching closer to a decision on the fate of Josh Gordon?

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met in person with the Browns receiver on Wednesday regarding his return to the field, per sources informed of the process. Rapoport added that no decision appears imminent for Gordon, who can’t reapply for reinstatement until Aug. 1.

The oft-banned Gordon failed another drug test in March, prompting the NFL to deny his application for reinstatement and delay his potential return until after Cleveland opens training camp. He was suspended in February 2015 for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Drafted in the third round out of Minnesota in 2007, the noted blocking specialist has accrued 420 yards and 10 touchdowns on 55 receptions across nine seasons with the Steelers and Chicago Bears.

Between the release of Spaeth and the offseason retirement of Heath Miller, Pittsburgh is undergoing a changing of the guard at tight end.

Former San Diego Chargers speedster Ladarius Green was signed to add a more dynamic dimension to the aerial attack. Jesse James, selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, is expected to take over Spaeth’s role as an inline blocker and red-zone specialist.

At the Scouting Combine in February, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim offered penetrating insight into the state of the position in today’s NFL.

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