#NFL News and Notes - August 9, 2010

Dallas Cowboys 16, Cincinnati Bengals 7

Injuries and a sloppy offense off-set a solid defensive performance...Cowboys tight end John Phillips may have a torn ACL...Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News has a position-by-position breakdown of the first pre-season game.

Young Bengals defensive linemen Michael Johnson and Geno Atkins were bright spots in an otherwise disappointing performance...The Bengals were penalized 12 times for 90 yards...Running back Brian Leonard has a mid-foot sprain, which isn't good news.

NFL News and Notes

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played golf with team owner Robert Kraft on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman seems to get better with age, writes Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News.

Fifth-round pick John Conner brings a thumping presence to the New York Jets fullback position.

Miami Dolphins centers Jake Grove and Joe Berger are taking professional approaches to their competition for a starting job, writes David Neal of the Miami Herald.

Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee isn't worried about his spot on the depth chart.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are working on improving their goal-line offense, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

After a good showing in the "Brown & White" scrimmage, the Cleveland Browns are more excited about the "Wildcat" possibilities with Seneca Wallace and Josh Cribbs.

Indianapolis Colts offensive linemen Tony Ugoh and Mike Pollak know they need to produce.

Tennessee Titans fullback Ahmard Hall appreciates the seriousness in which the NFL is taking concussions.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio sees more big-play potential on both sides of the ball.

Hard work has paid off for Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter, writes Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr is expected to take the next step this season.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is in position to earn one of the final two receiving spots on the 53-man roster.

San Diego Chargers tight end Randy McMichael is embracing his role as a back-up to Antonio Gates.

Oakland Raiders second-year safety Michael Mitchell is going to have to adjust his game with the NFL cracking down on launching.

Seattle Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy appears to have secured the starting strong safety position, writes Percy Allen of the Seattle Times.

San Francisco 49ers first-round guard Mike Iupati has been with the first-team line since midway through the first full-contact practice.

Arizona Cardinals fifth-round quarterback John Skelton has a lot of catching up to do, when he's not apologizing to ball boys.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recaps the St. Louis Rams scrimmage from the weekend.

Chicago Bears second-year guard Lance Louis may be in line to start at right guard.

Green Bay Packers third-round safety Morgan Burnett spends his free time in his playbook, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

After two tough seasons, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Lito Sheppard is looking prove that he's still a starting-caliber cornerback in the NFL.

Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler will be used in a variety of ways in the offense.

New York Giants first-year defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has won over the defensive players.

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Stacy Andrews is out to change the perceptions some may have of him.

Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith is trying to find kick and punt returners this summer.

After a solid rookie season, Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is taking on more responsibilities this season.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a shoulder injury.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing to beat the 3-4 defenses they'll face this season.

The New Orleans Saints will visit President Obama at the White House today.

Today's NFL birthdays: Panthers quarterback Matt Moore (26), Bears safety Danieal Manning (28), Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko (27), Raiders tight end Tony Stewart (31), Rams safety David Roach (25), free agent tight end Rodney Hannah (26), defensive end Adewale Ogunleye (33), quarterback JaMarcus Russell (25), linebacker Shane Simmons (25), punter Hunter Smith (33), and wide receiver Chandler Williams (25).

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