49ers' Fangio excited about Culliver, Smith
25 July 2014 | 10:10 pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Vic Fangio had high praise for two of his key San Francisco 49ers defensive players, both of whom have dealt with major adversity. The 49ers' defensive coordinator has been impressed with what he has seen from cornerback Chris Culliver and linebackers Aldon Smith in the early going of training camp. Culliver missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and Smith is trying to put a myriad of off-field issues behind him. Fangio said Culliver, who suffered the injury in last season's training camp, looked completely recovered from his injury in Thursday's first training camp practice.

Time for Rams' potential to produce
25 July 2014 | 7:30 pm

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With training camp rapidly approaching, St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead started to get the football itch. He could feel the time for football was close and he was growing so eager for it to start he actually considered cutting a family vacation short. Upon returning to St. Louis, Snead walked back into Rams Park with full knowledge that this season must be different from the first two years of his and coach Jeff Fisher's regime.

10 questions heading into training camp
25 July 2014 | 7:00 pm

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With another summer in the books, it’s that time of the year again. Football is back. The Arizona Cardinals report to training camp Friday and will have their conditioning test in the early afternoon. Camp starts in earnest Saturday with the first of five straight practices. And with the beginning of camp comes a plethora of questions. Here are my top 10, and No. 1 should be no surprise: When will defensive back Tyrann Mathieu return?


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