August 11, 2013

NFL Notebook: Manning and Cruz click early for Giants

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"We came out of high school the same year, went to a bunch of camps together. I always was very impressed by him and his character. He seemed like a great guy every time I was around him. So I wish the best for him."

BENGALS: Andrew Hawkins will wear a cast for 10 days to try to heal his sprained left ankle, making it doubtful he'll be ready for the season opener.

Hawkins was Cincinnati's second-leading wide receiver last year with 51 catches for 533 yards and four touchdowns. He sprained the ankle during practice on Aug. 1 and was carted off the field.

CHARGERS: Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o will sit out this week with a sprained right foot and miss San Diego's game at Chicago on Thursday.

Te'o wore a walking boot while watching Saturday's practice.

BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay needs a better pass rush, and according to Coach Greg Schiano, that means it needs a better Da'Quan Bowers.

"He wants to be an every-down player and we need an every-down defensive end so we're just trying to get there," Schiano said Saturday.

Bowers, a third-year defensive end, was the only Bucs regular to play the entire first half Thursday night in a 44-16 preseason loss to Baltimore. His performance drew mixed reviews from Schiano.

"I felt like I needed it," Bowers said. "I'm an unproven defensive end in this league. I felt like I needed the extra work. I talked to Coach about it. He agreed, I agreed so we came up with a plan."

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