Dallas DE DeMarcus Lawrence (No. 90, Boise State) knows what Pro Bowl WR Dez Bryant is facing as he recovers from a broken bone in his right foot. Lawrence broke the same bone, the fifth metatarsal, last season and missed the first eight games of his rookie year after being placed on short-term injured reserve.
“It’s really not tough,” he told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s just staying after it, staying focused. You can’t really think about the injury. You go through the process of getting over the injury. You just have to hit the ground running. ... I don’t feel like he’s going to have any setbacks. I know I didn’t dealing with the injury. I feel like he’s going to be OK.”
Carolina TE Richie Brockel (No. 47, Boise State) faces Houston in the regular season for the first time since scoring his only career touchdown on a trick play in 2011.
The then-rookie took a through-the-legs handoff from Cam Newton in Carolina’s 28-13 victory, paused as Newton drew the Houston defense to the right side, then scampered to the left for a 7-yard score. The play, called the “Annexation of Puerto Rico,” was named after the 1994 movie “Little Giants.”
“A few people have tweeted me about it,” Brockel told Panthers.com. “It’s just a little piece of my career, and I’m fortunate to have played as long as I have to make sure I wasn’t just a one-year wonder.”
Brockel (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this year’s matchup. He missed the season opener against Jacksonville, but returned to practice Friday.
• Arizona GMike Iupati
(No. 76, Idaho) returned to practice Wednesday, nearly a month after surgery on his meniscus, but he was ruled out for Sunday’s game at Chicago.ESPN reported he could return in Week 3 against San Francisco
, his former team.
• Cincinnati SSGeorge Iloka
(No. 43, Boise State) is questionable for Sunday’s game against San Diego after suffering an ankle injury last week. He sat out Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday.
• Philadelphia DLBrandon Bair
(No. 93, South Fremont High) signed a one-year contract extension with a $675,000 base salary, ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted Wednesday.