NAPA (AP) — There were two notable absences when the two buses filled with rookies, undrafted free agents and other young players arrived at Oakland Raiders training camp.
While most of the players have arrived for a one-month stay in wine country, Oakland's top two draft picks were not on the buses from the team facility on Wednesday.
First-round pick cornerback D.J. Hayden and second-round pick offensive lineman Menelik Watson are the only members of Oakland's 10-player draft class who have yet to sign their contracts. With practice not starting until Friday, there is still plenty of time to get those deals done without the players missing any work, although it remains to be seen whether Hayden will be able to practice right away even if he does sign a deal.
Hayden's offseason got cut short when he needed surgery in late May to remove scar tissue from the abdominal region. That operation came months after a near-fatal practice injury that ended his college career at Houston early.
REDSKING WILL GO EASY WITH RG3: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Washington Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has "nothing left to prove" — at least physically — in his return from major knee surgery. That's doesn't mean he's all the way back. Griffin said Wednesday he won't participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won't play in any preseason games.
ROOKIE RESCUES FAMILY ON WAY TO CAMP: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans linebacker Jonathan "Tig" Willard says he helped rescue a family from a burning vehicle on his way to Tennessee training camp. The rookie was driving on Interstate 40 Tuesday near Oak Ridge when he noticed a sports utility vehicle smoking. He first told TigerNet.com that he flashed his lights and honked his horn to get the driver to pull over when he saw flames shoot out the back. Willard said he handed an infant to the woman before pulling out another child. A second man who had stopped rescued a third child and the family's dog, and they were able to grab the woman's purse and a couple bags before the SUV exploded into flames a couple minutes later. He stayed long enough for firefighters to arrive and put out the fire.
REVIS CLEARED TO JOIN BUCS ON FIELD: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Darrelle Revis is expected on the practice field when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp. The three-time All-Pro cornerback who's the centerpiece of an effort to overhaul the NFL's worst pass defense has been cleared medically to participate in some activities after missing most of last season with the New York Jets following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.
LIONS SIGN WR SCHILENS: ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who had 28 catches for the New York Jets last season. The team did not disclose contract terms Wednesday. The 27-year-old Schilens started six games for the Jets last season. He spent the previous four years with the Oakland Raiders, the team that drafted him in the seventh round in 2008.