Campbell returns for Raiders; Pryor a no-show

NAPA, Calif. — Jason Campbell is as eager as anybody to find out more about Terrelle Pryor and how the Oakland Raiders plan to use the former Ohio State quarterback.

Those answers didn't come Tuesday.

The Raiders are hoping they'll come soon enough.

While Campbell returned to the practice field for the first time since a jarring hit to the helmet, Pryor was nowhere to be found at Raiders camp. Pryor can't practice until he's under contract, and he had yet to even travel to the West Coast by the time the team ended practice in the evening.

New coach Hue Jackson was optimistic that Oakland would reach a deal by the end of the week with Pryor, whom the team selected in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft on Monday. Messages were left seeking comment from Drew Rosenhaus, Pryor's agent.

"You don't know what we're really going to do with him yet," said Campbell, who was cleared to practice for the first time since he took a knee to the helmet in Saturday's 17-3 exhibition loss to San Francisco. "He's definitely a big, fast guy. There are different things you can do with him. He's a teammate now. We welcome him. We just go out here and do what we can to help the team win."

Even Oakland's starting quarterback had no idea his team would draft Pryor.

Campbell said he was sitting in a meeting room Monday when a few teammates poked inside to tell him the news. He hasn't had a chance to speak with Pryor yet, and Campbell said he's going to welcome the new quarterback when he arrives — the same way veterans Mark Brunell and Todd Collins did with him in Washington.

Just don't expect him to concede his job.

"People forget, I'm still a young guy, too," said Campbell, who's 29. "So I'm trying to go out and get things right for this team and be the future for this team."

Pryor will have plenty of catching up to do whenever he arrives.

He has missed three weeks of training camp, two preseason games and countless meetings. Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes after an investigation into the team's memorabilia-for-cash scandal cost coach Jim Tressel his job.

When he was allowed to enter the supplemental draft, he was handed a five-game suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell — the same number of games he would have sat out had he returned to Ohio State. Pryor has said he will not appeal the suspension.


Safety Taylor Mays is getting a chance to start over with a team that's been interested in him since his college days.

The Cincinnati Bengals acquired the second-year player from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday in a trade for an undisclosed draft pick.

Mays spent the morning trying to learn the playbook, then practiced with the team in the afternoon. The pass defense has been a problem in preseason drubbings against the Lions and the Jets. The Bengals tried to upgrade the safety position through free agency, but Donte Whitner signed with the 49ers instead.

Mays was San Francisco's second-round pick last year out of Southern California. He started six games early in the season, but played less as it went along. He played sparingly in the preseason, and the 49ers made it known they were interested in trading him.


Tennessee running back Chris Johnson says he is flying to Nashville to meet with the Titans' general manager, a move that might bring both sides closer to getting a deal done and end his holdout.

Johnson tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he is flying to Nashville Tuesday night and that he and his agent — Joel Segal — will meet with general manager Mike Reinfeldt this morning.

The three-time pro bowler has refused to report to camp despite having two years left on his original contract. The Titans have said they will make him the highest paid running back in NFL history, but want him to report first before accelerating talks.

The Titans are willing to pay Johnson, who is scheduled to earn $1.065 million for 2011 after Tennessee revised his contract a year ago to get him more money. His original five-year contract was for $12 million, and Johnson said in 2010 he wanted around $30 million in guaranteed money.


Veteran running back Larry Johnson signed with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday after sitting out most of last season.

Johnson gained 2 yards on five carries in two games before he was released by the Washington Redskins last September. He has career rushing totals of 6,221 yards and 55 scores, but has played in just 16 games in the past three seasons.

With the addition of the 31-year-old Johnson, the Dolphins hope to improve their depth behind Reggie Bush and rookie Daniel Thomas. The team waived running back Kory Sheets, who missed all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury.

In 2009 Johnson was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in November and finished the year with Cincinnati.

His time in Kansas City was marred by off-field problems, including two suspensions in his final 12 months with the team.


Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who collapsed and suffered a seizure at practice earlier this month, will play Thursday night against Cleveland.

Patterson was diagnosed with a brain AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, a prenatal condition in which blood travels abnormally between the arteries and veins.

Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said last week that Patterson was cleared by four physicians specializing in brain AVMs to return to football. His condition will eventually have to be treated. But the method hasn't been determined.

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