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'Inside Training Camp Live' whispers: David Wilson's setback

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Football is back! We've got you covered from July 24 through August 5 with NFL Network's "Inside Training Camp Live" providing 12 hours of live coverage each day beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Every day we'll feature highlights from the show and our reporters in the field. Here's today's batch:

» The New York Giants encountered a tragic setback Monday afternoon with the news that David Wilson has been advised by a team physician to not play football any longer. The team placed running back on injured reserve. After undergoing neck fusion surgery this offseason, Wilson was cleared to practice during training camp but suffered a burner after practice last week.

» Despite the disappointing news, Wilson retained some perspective. "I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me," he said. "I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too."

» Other headline news on Monday: Andy Dalton and the Bengals agreed to an extension. The deal is for six years, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a directly involved source, and worth $96 million; Dalton can earn up to $115 million with escalators.

» Is Dalton worth those numbers? His playoff stats don't seem to be. In an ITC Live roundtable, NFL Media's Shawne Merriman and Brian Baldinger discussed whether or not the signal-caller can take his team further than the first round of the playoffs. Baldinger offered a prediction of sorts: "Let's face it, they are doing everything they can do build up around him," Baldinger said. "... They're going to do everything they can do get Andy Dalton into the next level. He has to do it. If he can't, then two years from now we may be seeing a switch."

» NFL Media's Solomon Wilcots chatted with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on Monday, who had some (unsurprisingly) complimentary words about his $100 million quarterback -- but also grasped the reality of the new expectations.

"We got to win now," Lewis said with a slight chuckle. "We got to have a fantastic regular season before we can ever think about doing anything in the postseason." Four of the last five seasons, including the last three with Dalton under center, the Bengals lost in the first round of the playoffs. That won't be good enough with the added dollars given to The Red Rifle.

» It wouldn't be training camp without some Johnny Manziel chatter! When discussing the Cleveland Browns rookie, Deion Sanders gave his two cents. "I like this kid, and I like that they're working him in with the ones, and whoever is the fool that said, 'He needs to sit on the bench and learn some from the bench,'" Sanders said. "I ain't never learned nothing sitting on the bench! When's the last time you sat on the bench and said, 'Hmm, I got a lot done today by sitting on the bench for the whole game,' -- that don't work! I need to play! I need to work on my game! I need to make mistakes live!"

When asked if Manziel should start Week 1, Sanders quickly replied, "You can't just give it to him. You got to let him earn it. He gotta work it. He gotta earn it."

"Now, if it's even-keel?," Sanders posed, "Well, you gotta give it to Johnny."

» The San Francisco 49ers held their first practice -- ever -- at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California

» Less than a month ago, the Green Bay Packers fretted that a Brett Favre reunion would result in rampant booing. On Monday, though, the team announced that they will retire Favre's iconic No. 4 and enshrine the quarterback in the Packers' Hall of Fame in 2015. "It's going to be here before we know it and it's going to be a great moment," Favre said at the news conference Monday via phone. "I was always a Packer. I played my heart out each and every year I played, and I'm proud of that. I knew this moment would come. I'm just thankful that we're here, it's in stone and it's going to be done."

» NFL Media's Judy Battista offered the one way the Packers could have improved Monday's conference:

» Entrenched with the New England Patriots, NFL Media's Albert Breer noted the absence of Rob Gronkowski from Monday morning's practice. It's not a shocker: despite aiming for a Week 1 start, the tight end admits he's still not feeling 100 percent yet. Gronk has been practicing in individual drills but foregoing "competitive situations," per Breer.

» Breer later reported an update on Grok's situation: the tight end didn't even travel to Richmond to practice with the team. "When you look at what the Redskins and Patriots are doing out here, 90 percent of their work is competitive," Breer said. "Player versus player. So they figured it would be better to leave Rob Gronkowski behind as a precaution." Gronk will continue to work out in Foxborough with trainers. Breer also predicted that Gronk likely won't play in Thursday night's preseason opener against Washington.

» Breer's got a glimpse at the Patriots' and Redskins' joint training camp:

» Remember the name Ryan Mallett? The Patriots' 2012 third-round pick got lost in the shuffle following this year's draft, in which New England selected Jimmy Garoppolo as Tom Brady's possible successor. But NFL Media's Mike Mayock says Mallet was impressive Monday. "Ryan Mallett popped to me today," Mayock said. "...I saw a legitimate NFL starting quarterback today backing up Tom Brady."

» Mayock joins Breer in Richmond, Virginia, for the dual session. In a one-on-one chat with Mayock, Redskins coach Jay Gruden noted that practicing against another squad prevented his own players from growing too comfortable. "You get to see your guys play against somebody else," Gruden said. "Sometimes you get a false sense of security when you're going against each other. ... It's a great evaluation process."

» Breer later updated the ITC Live crew on the progress of the joint practice. His takeaway: All eyes were glued to the battle between the Patriots' defensive backs and the Redskins' receivers. How did DeSean Jackson fare against Darrelle Revis? DJax caught one ball all day.

» And now from the Johnny Football front: Manziel took first-team snaps with the Browns on Monday morning. Following practice, Mike Pettine said that first-team reps will go back and forth between Manziel and Brian Hoyer on a day-to-day basis. Though Manziel seems to be more realistic about his chances of starting, Johnny Football fans can cling to this shred of hope: Pettine didn't explicitly name a starter for the team's first preseason game against the Lions this Saturday.

» Aditi Kinkhabwala caught up with Miles Austin, who told her that the new offense has him living too much in his head. His comparison? It would be like Kinkhabwala covering Real Madrid in Spanish.

» Can training camp breed creativity? It did for the Browns on Monday:

» In case you missed it: A scuffle broke out between Dez Bryant and J.J. Wilcox on Sunday at Cowboys training camp. But it's all good -- Bryant said he can only hope the rest of the team plays with Wilcox's fire. The safety, for his part, admitted his shot was -- ahem -- less than honorable. "I got a good little cheap shot in on him," Wilcox said, per the team's official website. "We're still brothers, though. ... I just hope I can take that to the game."

The latest Around The League Podcast breaks down Marshawn Lynch's belated arrival at Seahawks camp and debates which active NFL players are first-ballot locks for the Hall of Fame.

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