- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2009

From combined dispatches

Knowshon Moreno, the top running back selected in April’s draft, made his training camp debut with Denver on Sunday.

Moreno, the 12th pick, missed the team’s first eight days of workouts while his agents worked on a five-year, $23 million contract. The signing was finalized Saturday.

Coach Josh McDaniels said Moreno has a chance to win the starting tailback job, but he has a lot of catching up to do. McDaniels said he’s not sure whether Moreno will be ready to play in the Broncos’ first preseason game Friday night at San Francisco.

RAMS: James Laurinaitis downplayed his increased time with St. Louis’ first-team defense.

The rookie middle linebacker out of Ohio State played with the starters during Sunday’s morning workout, but he and coach Steve Spagnuolo said the added work with the first team is a reflection of his increased comfort with the system, not a move up the depth chart.

“I’m happy that [Spagnuolo] had the confidence to put me with the first group, but nothing’s changed from my mindset,” Laurinaitis said. “I’m still going out there trying to learn, still asking a lot of questions and trying to get better every day.”

Laurinaitis, the 35th pick in April, is still behind 11-year veteran Chris Draft.

BROWNS: Cleveland signed veteran offensive lineman Fred Weary.

The Browns announced the 31-year-old will join the team, which may be without Rex Hadnot. The starting guard injured his knee in practice last week.

Weary, who broke his leg in 2007, was on injured reserve with the Texans last fall before he was released.

Weary has started in 43 of the 63 games in which he has appeared during his seven-year career.

LIONS: Detroit signed linebacker Spencer Smith and released Curtis Gatewood.

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