Rosters to be determined by draft
NEW YORK — The NFL Pro Bowl rosters for next year will be selected in a draft by team captains, with Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice assisting as alumni captains.
The NFL will abandon the its old AFC vs. NFC format that has been in place since 1971.
The league says Wednesday that fan voting will determine the players in the draft pool. The draft will be televised by the NFL Network on Jan. 22. The game will be played Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
First-round pick gets on field
CORTLAND, N.Y. — New York Jets first-round draft pick Dee Milliner participated in some drills as he joined his teammates on the practice field for the first time in training camp.
Milliner signed a four-year deal with the Jets after a brief holdout, and says his surgically repaired right shoulder felt “great.” He has not fully practiced since being drafted by New York in April after having his shoulder operated on in March.
The former Alabama star did some positional and one-on-one drills Wednesday, but did not participate in 11-on-11 team drills. Milliner is unsure when he’ll be able to fully practice, but says he had “no problems” with his shoulder.
Milliner is expected to compete with Kyle Wilson for the starting spot opposite Antonio Cromartie, vacated when the Jets traded Darrelle Revis.
Rodgers-Cromartie leaves field with injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was helped off the field after hurting his left ankle in a drill Wednesday at training camp.
Asked his level of concern over the injury after practice, coach John Fox said, “Not overly. But anytime they miss time, I’m concerned.” Guard Justin Boren also was taken off with a big toe injury.
The Broncos have already had quite a few injuries so far in camp. Center Dan Koppen was lost for the season with a knee injury last weekend and first-round pick Sylvester Williams left the field on Monday with a left knee ailment. Williams was on the field Wednesday, but didn’t participate in any drills.
Tight end Jacob Tamme (right quad) also sat out practice.
QB Gabbert returns to practice
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert was in pads and at practice Wednesday, but still a day away from a full return.
Gabbert took limited snaps — none in 11-on-11 drills — while recovering from a sprained right ankle. Chad Henne got all the repetitions with the first-team offense, and Mike Kafka got second-team work.
Gabbert expects to be full-go Thursday “unless something magical pops up.”
“It’s doing a lot better,” he said. “The biggest thing right now is just managing it and not doing anything too soon. But I’m feeling a lot better.”