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5 Biggest NFL Training Camp Headlines For Monday

Sam Spiegelman looks at the top NFL training camp headlines surrounding the 49ers, Vikings, C.J. Spiller, Calvin Pryor, Larry Fitzgerald, and more.

CJ SpillerAs training camps across the NFL get underway, XN Sports will report the top headlines of each day.

With the preseason nearing, there is no shortage of intrigue and optimism, key injuries, and potential holdouts, as well as late offseason signings.

Here are the top five headlines for Monday:

Down and out in San Fran

If you’re a running back for the 49ers, you may want to take extra caution this summer. Over the past few days, Kendall Hunter tore his ACL and was lost for the 2014 season, and LaMichael James dislocated his elbow and should miss at least one month of action. Sophomore Marcus Lattimore has yet to make his camp debut.

That leaves starter Frank Gore and second-round pick Carlos Hyde as the two healthy backs during camp. All of a sudden a very deep backfield got mighty thin.

Spiller on the block?

CBS Sports reported Sunday that the Bills could trade C.J. Spiller before the start of the season. Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon are the other backs in Buffalo, but none are as explosive as Spiller.

Perhaps the trade for Brown in the offseason was a sign that the team is looking to part ways with the former first-round pick. Spiller is entering the final year of his contract and there should be a big market for him.

50-50 split in Twin Cities

For all the speculation that Matt Cassel is entrenched as the Vikings’ starting quarterback, rookie Teddy Bridgewater is playing ahead of the curve.

Bridgewater has already begun to see 50 percent of the first-team reps during camp. Coach Mike Zimmer has already stated he won’t hesitate to start the rookie. Perhaps with a strong enough camp, Bridgewater can prove he’s worthy of starting as soon as Week 1.

Fitz’s final year?

The Arizona Republic believes 2014 could be Larry Fitzgerald‘s last year in Arizona. Fitzgerald will be 31 at the start of the season and carries a cap hit of almost $24 million next season, a huge price tag for a veteran wide receiver.

Fitzgerald has yet to record a 1,000-yard season since 2011, so it’s clear he’s on the downside of his career. Cardinals management hasn’t given any indication Fitzgerald is going anywhere.

Rookie suffers concussion

Jets first-round pick, safety Calvin Pryor, suffered a concussion over the weekend. It’s a little ironic, as Pryor is usually the one that’s dishing out head injuries to other players.

Though the team doesn’t view it as a serious injury, Pryor is going to be counted to play a major role in the Jets’ secondary.

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