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  • September 5, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

    With NFL training camps underway, the league is abuzz with position battles, injury news and rookies making an immediate impact. Michael Porter Nuggets Jersey . Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NFL beat. Mind Games Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion in practice and will be out until he is cleared to return. Heyward-Bey is in his first season with the Steelers after spending last season with the Indianapolis Colts. He managed 29 catches for 309 yards and one touchdown in 16 games with the Colts in 2013. The former college standout - known for his speed - was drafted seventh overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2009. The Steelers signed Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract in the offseason. While Heyward-Bey waits to be cleared, former undrafted free agent Derek Moye is expected to see added snaps. Moye caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown in seven games with the Steelers in 2013. Packing it in? On the same day rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis confirmed he tore his ACL in practice, fellow rookie Colt Lylerla was carted off the field with a leg injury in the Packers team scrimmage on Saturday. Abbrederis was a fifth-round pick in Mays draft and was expected to compete for the teams returning duties as well as offensive snaps. Lylerla, a heavily talented tight end with off-field issues, went undrafted before signing with the Packers. Lylerla was later spotted on crutches following the scrimmage. If healthy, Lyerla will compete with Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner for snaps at tight end. Working His Way Up The Akron Beacon-Journal believes Johnny Manziel has "narrowed the gap" between himself and Brian Hoyer for the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job. According to the Beacon-Journal, Manziel electrified the crowd attending the Browns team scrimmage on Saturday with his scrambling and playmaking ability. Manziel went three for seven in the passing game for 14 yards, while he struck runs of nine and five yards. Manziel took snaps exclusively with the Browns second-team offence on Saturday, however coach Mike Pettine said the coaching staff would look at mixing the first-round pick into the starting offence. Hoyer went completed seven passes on 11 attempts in the scrimmage for 56 yards. Super Returns? Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced on Saturday that safety Kam Chancellor is on the verge of returning to practice, while Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith is roughly a week away from returning. Chancellor, the Seahawks starting safety opposite Earl Thomas, is coming off hip surgery, performed in April. Smith, who appears set to work in a reserve linebacker role this season, had offseason ankle surgery. Both players should be ready when the Seahawks open the NFL regular season on September 4 against the Green Bay Packers. Carmelo Anthony Nuggets Jersey . Levante, which had lost five straight including a Copa del Rey game last weekend, fell behind at its Ciutat de Valencia stadium when Ionut Sapanura opened the scoring for Elche in the 26th minute. Gary Harris Jersey . The 23-year-old restricted free agent appeared in all 48 games last season, finishing second among all Sabres skaters with 15 goals and 34 points.ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalos notoriously long, harsh winters have their advantages as far as Jim Schwartz is concerned. The nasty weather that stretched well into April provided the Bills new defensive co-ordinator an additional excuse to stay indoors and become more familiar with his players and staff. "One of the good things about being here in Buffalo is the weather was so bad that we had plenty of time as coaches to stay together," Schwartz said with a laugh, following a voluntary minicamp practice this week. "When the snow was rolling and it was 5 degrees outside, we were holed up in the room watching all their stuff from last year." It was an invaluable experience for the defensive-minded specialist, who finds himself back in his element in Buffalo a few months after losing his job following a five-year stint as the Detroit Lions head coach. "You can spin coaching changes any way you want. The one thing I would say is the players do have a clean slate," Schwartz said. "They have to prove themselves. And Im in the same boat. Ive got to prove myself all over again. Its exciting. Thatll bring out the best in players. Itll bring out the best in coaches." Filling the vacancy after Mike Pettine left to take over the Cleveland Browns, Schwartz inherits a Bills defence that began shedding its once-porous and passive reputation by emerging as the teams strength last season. While Buffalo (6-10) struggled on offence in large part because of rookie quarterback EJ Manuels inconsistencies and injuries, the defence finished 10th in the NFL in yards allowed -- the units best ranking in nine years. The Bills also finished second in the league with 23 interceptions and a franchise-record 57 sacks. And they had four defenders earn Pro Bowl selections, including tackle Marcell Dareus, who was added as an injury replacement. The only area of concern was Buffalos inability to stop the run. The BBills gave up 150 or more yards rushing six times, and finished 28th in allowing an average 129 net yards rushing per game. Thomas Welsh Nuggets Jersey. Schwartz has a strong track record in devising schemes to stop the run. During his eight seasons as Tennessees defensive co-ordinator, the Titans finished sixth or better in rushing yards allowed six times from 2001-08. Its on Schwartz to build on that success with a unit that features a few new wrinkles at linebacker, where the team added Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers in free agency, and was unable to re-sign three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd. Schwartz is Buffalos fourth defensive co-ordinator in four seasons. He doesnt anticipate a difficult transition, even though hes making the switch to a 4-3 style of defence, and his philosophy is considered less aggressive than Pettines pressure-the-passer approach. Schwartz is keeping much of the same play-calling terminology. And he said the switch to four linemen and three linebackers shouldnt be regarded as significant, because his and Pettines defences share similar elements. Veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams doesnt foresee much change in the Bills approach. "No, were not going to be read-and-react. Were going to attack guys," Williams said. "Now, if we do it with four rushers, five rushers or six, thatll have to be game-planned. But were going to be on the move. And were going to attack." Spikes liked what hes seen after two weeks of minicamp practices. "Weve still got a long way to go, but if we can take these necessary steps, I think we can be great this season and shock the world," said Spikes, who was signed in part because of his reputation as a run-stuffer during his first four seasons in New England. "I take that personally. If you can stop the run, you can make them one-dimensional," Spikes said. "I think this season therell be some eye-openers." ' ' '