On Thursday, the road back included running some drills at an offseason practice. Wearing a helmet but no jersey and sporting a large brace on his reconstructed right knee, Griffin did some handoffs and throws with other teammates recovering from injuries. It's the latest step toward his goal of playing in the season opener in September.
The New York Giants may have to start looking for a fullback. Starter Henry Hynoski will have surgery Friday to repair his medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture in his left knee. The three-year veteran was hurt Wednesday on the second play from scrimmage during an 11-on-11 drill in an organized team activity.
The agent for first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei says his client has signed a four-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Financial terms were not released. The deal includes a team option for a fifth season. Bruce Tollner says Lotulelei, the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft, is ''extremely excited to officially become a Panther.''
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree won't get another shot to win a Super Bowl this season. The former first-round pick suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Organized Team Activities on Tuesday, according to USA Today. Crabtree is reportedly having more tests done on the Achilles to confirm the injury.
Brian Urlacher has retired after 13 stellar NFL seasons. "After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," the former Chicago Bears star linebacker posted Wednesday on Whosay.com.