Falcons' Holmes sits out rookie minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Coach Mike Smith likes what he’s seen from one of the Atlanta Falcons’ two high-profile rookie offensive linemen.


Peter Konz, a second-round draft pick from Wisconsin, looked the part of a potential NFL starter as the Falcons opened a three-day rookie minicamp Friday.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, tackle Lamar Holmes, a third-round pick from Southern Mississippi, wore a protective boot on his left foot and was not cleared to participate on the field this weekend.

Holmes’ injury, which Smith described as minor but declined to address specifically, was discovered during a post-draft physical. The Falcons drafted the 6-foot-6, 333-pound Holmes to push Sam Baker and Will Svitek for the starting job at left tackle.

“It’s more precautionary right now,” Smith said. “We’ll try to get him back out here. I think it will be closer to when we start our (team-wide offseason training activities) at the end of the month.”

Of 46 players participating in the minicamp, only five or six will make the final 53-man roster before the Falcons open the season Sept. 9 at Kansas City. Jobs will be few for a team that went 10-6 last year and likely will be picked in preseason to win the NFC South.


BEARS: New offensive coordinator Mike Tice and coach Lovie Smith got only an abbreviated look Friday at wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, one of their top draft picks.

Jeffery, whose conditioning last season had been an issue at South Carolina, left his first practice on the first day of a rookie minicamp with leg cramps.


BILLS: Agreed to a one-year contract to sign free agent quarterback Vince Young, providing them an established backup and a bona fide threat in their wildcat formations.

The Bills announced the deal a little over a week after 2006 NFL offensive rookie of the year worked out for the team at its facility.


TEXANS: Signed veteran free agent quarterback John Beck.

Beck spent the last two years with the Washington Redskins. He appeared four games with three starts last season, throwing for 858 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions.


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