Howie Long talks shop; 'Hard Knocks' review

Sure, a lot of NFL Hall of Famers enjoy successful broadcasting careers after retirement, but how many can boast a son who not only makes it to the NFL, but excels at the very position played so memorably by his father? We can only think of Howie Long. The square-jawed 1983 Super Bowl champion joins today's edition of "NFL AM." Tune in starting at 6 a.m. ET to hear from Howie and get a head start on the day's NFL buzz.

Here's what else is on tap Tuesday:

» Dan Hanzus recaps Tuesday's premiere of HBO's "Hard Knocks," as America got its first look at the 2012 Miami Dolphins.

» Shannon Eastin, the 42-year-old from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference who will become the first female official to work an NFL game on Thursday night, says she wants to inspire other women to pursue their dreams.

» Matt Flynn will start the Seattle Seahawks' preseason opener on Saturday, with rookie Russell Wilson playing the second half, while Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb is expected to play on Friday less than a week after suffering bruised ribs against the New Orleans Saints.

» Ian Rapoport writes that the Arizona Cardinals are handling their quarterback battle the right way, unlike the Cleveland Browns.

» Our series of reports from all 32 NFL training camps continues as Bucky Brooks checks in from a very different Oakland Raiders camp.

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» Jeff Darlington reports on how things are going for the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Justin Blackmon finally in camp but Maurice Jones-Drew still nowhere to be seen.

» Ryan Fitzpatrick and Mark Sanchez both have a lot on the line in 2012. NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell takes a closer look at two AFC East quarterbacks at a career crossroads.

» Get a head start on the NFL season: Buy preseason and regular season game tickets for all 32 teams from the official source.

» Happy birthday to Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who turns 27 on Wednesday. Also celebrating a birthday are Denver Broncos defensive back Tracy Porter, who turns 26, and Chicago Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, who turns 24.

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