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Filling in the gaps

Brandon Renkart had a mention in the Record today.

Renkart on board

Linebacker Brandon Renkart, formerly of Rutgers, has been practicing for two days with the Jets after signing Tuesday.

He is excited about the opportunity but knows he has some catching up to do.

"I’m trying to pick up things as I go along," he said after the morning practice. "It’s tough when you’re coming into camp like this. I’m slowly getting a grasp. I’ve only been here a couple of days now, but as things are being explained to me, I’m picking them up quick."

Gary Brackett's hip injury thins out an already-depleted Indy LB corps.

An injury bug that has pestered and thinned the Indianapolis Colts' linebacker corps has claimed Gary Brackett.

The veteran starting middle linebacker will miss Sunday's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins in Canton, Ohio, because of a hip injury. It forced him to miss a portion of Wednesday night's practice and kept him off the field Thursday morning.

"I don't think it's the point where we need to be concerned,'' coach Tony Dungy said after Thursday afternoon's special teams-only work at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. "(The doctors) didn't say, 'Hey, this could be this or that or long term.'

"They expect him back pretty quick.''

Dungy wasn't able to share details of a magnetic resonance imaging test performed on Brackett's hip.

Brackett wasn't available for comment Thursday afternoon. He underwent hip surgery in the offseason, but team physicians told Dungy this was unrelated.

Ray Rice is in a familiar position in Baltimore.

With running back Willis McGahee nursing a sore left knee wrapped in ice, rookie Ray Rice took most of the reps as the only healthy tailback on the field. Fullback Le'Ron McClain appeared to have injured his right foot, but he continued to practice.

The TFY draft report took a look at Courtney Greene.

8. Courtney Green: Free Safety, Rutgers (6’1, 212) Projection: Mid Second Round

Green is a tall safety with good height and overall girth for the position. Displays good instincts and a willingness to play at the line of scrimmage. Flies around in the run game and has great closing speed toward the ball. Plays like a missile and will fly in from the secondary and deliver a good pop through his shoulder on outside runs, needs to do a better job wrapping up and drive his legs through contact but has the power to consistently bring down backs on contact. A very gifted athlete that despite his size and lankiness gets up to speed very quickly and displays good burst out of his first step. Has the fluidity in his hips to get out of breaks cleanly and looks natural in his back-pedal. Has the range to play the centerfield role and break on balls all over the field. Demonstrates the ability to shuffle his feet laterally and explode out of his breaks does a nice job getting his head around on the deep ball and has the body control and coordination to turn and run with defenders. Re-covers well because of his burst but at times will take a false step and have trouble transitioning out of it because of his length. Plays with his butt down and with natural flexibility in his stance, exhibits good technique and does a nice job using his hands to keep blockers off of his body. Showcases no trouble running down the seem with tight ends and sinking his hips to get out of cuts, makes a lot of plays on balls but lacks the hands to consistently make the pick. Possesses only average instincts at the line and doesn’t look natural in run support playing between the tackles. Has an intriguing blend of physical tools and length just needs to continue to sharpen his reads and become more of a playmaker in the secondary.

Cincinnati and Brian Kelly expect to be even better in 2008.

The Connecticut Post takes a look at UConn as they enter fall camp.

Overall, a quiet end to an eventful week. Next week, Bleed Scarlet will begin its 2008 season previews, starting with positional analyses.